Monday, November 21, 2011

Unleash Your Inner Stylist...

.... and give me a hand.

I just collected these chairs after a winning bid on eBay last week. I have been dreaming of beauties just like these for ages but when I got them home and put them around the table, I was... underwhelmed. They seem to dwarf our table and make the already cramped dining area even more squishy.

 Naturally, I immediately contacted my personal stylist who suggested a large pendant light from the ceiling or potted orchids in the centre of the table. Castors could be added to the legs of the table to lift it up.... or....umm....i'm not sure... ideas guys. What do you think?





Should I try and work with them ore just go for something stock standard like this?

These are the big issues friends, consult wisely.

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35 comments:

  1. You have to keep them - I love them!
    I'd take the 2 smaller chairs you have currently in the middle and try putting them at the ends of the table. And you can't go wrong with potted orchids ... your stylist is one lovely and clever lady!!

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  2. Potted orchids sounds really daggy, but I promise in my head, it totally works. I think the castor wheels could be an idea to give the table some height.

    If all else fails, do you have a covered outdoor area? They would look really cute as part of an outdoor setting.

    And if you decide to go for new chairs, matt blatt do good rip off designer chairs.

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  3. Really lovely chairs,I would take the smaller chairs away and only use if needed, and yes a pendant light would lend some balance??

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  4. I would paint them...Something soft and muted like your beautiful wall...

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  5. Those chairs are beautiful! I agree about taking or moving the smaller chairs away, Then a pendant or centrepiece would be perfect to balance everything out :)

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  6. I'd paint them too - something light and fresh, maybe a very pale blue?! They're really lovely em! Jx

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  7. Is painting them a scandalous suggestion? I love the shape but think the colour is blah and too much of the same thing. I would paint them all a different colour, then you could have games over who gets the red, sage green, mustard, or pink one for dinner. Orchids are a winner, pendant is good too but more work. melx

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  8. Agreed that smaller chairs aren't working. They make the new chairs look too big but i don't think they actually are if there is only four. Something is needed on the table - maybe geraniums? Or a big basket of fruit? Perhaps paint the old chairs in clashing colours and put them at the table ends? Beautiful chairs though.

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  9. Dare I suggest a paint job? That's what I'd do, different colours but not too bold. Or a few different shades of the same colour, like blue or green, that would be ace! And I'd move the smaller chairs, I think the newer ones wouldn't look so tall & out of place without them there. I know you'll make them look awesome whatever you decide to do!
    Good luck!
    Rach x

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  10. white wash the chairs a smokey white so you can still see the carving, massive horizontal striped drum light and paint the table yellow...yes, I have no interior design qualifications and the only room in my house that is slightly looks like some thought has been put into it is the nursery....love the chairs tho!

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  11. I would seriously sand them back and paint them different colours.
    Yep.
    It's what I'd do.
    xx

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  12. I love them! I would totally paint them, perhaps white or if you are feel inspired, I'd go a fabulous teal blue or if you are really really inspired.. yellow! What fun!
    Sophie x

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  13. Yep, I'd be attacking them with the paint brush and removing the two smaller chairs pronto!!
    A pendant would balance the scene nicely :)

    x

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  14. I agree with removing the smaller two, the new ones are too pretty for them, they're screaming 'look at me!'. I also vote for a paint job, they wouldn't dwarf the table then. Look forward to seeing what you decide!

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  15. I'm for painting them the same colour as the table but if that is sacrilege then I say get a new table. Or old one. Just so that the styles match. I am all for eclectic. My Jacobean table has two of it's original chairs, two high backs and two others that don't match. It works because they are all wood. Perhaps a vintage cloth thrown diagonally across the table may help too. If all else fails you could give them to me. They are on my dream list too. Cherrie

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  16. Hey lady! Im trying to find a black and white striped baby wrap just like the one your little boo is cuddled in. Im sure its been ages but do you remember where you found it?
    http://thebeetleshack.blogspot.com/search/label/About%20Me
    (second to last photo)

    Thanks!!
    Cora

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  17. Em, if you replace those beauties with anything from Ikea, I will have to hurt you. Yes to pendant lamp plus bits and bobs in the middle of the table. Flowers, plants, candles. You name it, stick it on there! xx

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  18. I agree with taking out the 2 smaller chairs. Either put them aside for when you have extra guests or put them at the ends of the table. I'd also change the table for a bigger one and in wood, same colour as the chairs.

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  19. I would also paint them but maybe a bright color to get a great modern look!

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  20. I like the red ones! Sorry but I do like Ikea me. x

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  21. Hi Beetle Shack - i'm not a blogger myself, but I love your blog.
    Just wanted to warn you on the ikea chairs! I have got four of the first ones in that post (white ones with the crossed over back) and apart from two breaking in the making process/first-sit-on-once-made. They are still really unsteady. The legs seem to be slowly curving in which I'm sure eventually means someone will take an unfortunate journey to the floor!
    Hope this may help!
    ;-)

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  22. I too would paint them, but I paint everything ;)! And move the smaller chairs to the ends too! A few months ago I bought and old table with 8 chairs but two were old carvers with similar backs to these. I still haven't painted them because they seem sooooo big compared to the others, but on their own away from the smaller chairs they are nice!

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  23. I'd go with the pendant lamp. Something big and bright to bring your attention upwards. Have you seen the style that has woven wooden strips around in a circle. I think that would work well. Or one of those big circular paper lanterns.

    Such lovely chairs.

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  24. your house is adorable! maybe add some white cushions to the chairs? still looks great tho!
    Preena xx

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  25. I think they look great!I just think you need to get used to them!
    Danica

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  26. Yes, I also was wondering what it would look like if you removed the two smaller chairs? Maybe you could put them at the ends of the table? I quite like the painting them different colours idea too. But really, I got nothing. Sorry. Shane's the interior stylist here. Kellie xx

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  27. You need some more height to scale them so a pendant would be fab as would be something taller in the middle of table... agree to move the smaller chairs as they make the new ones look even more gargantuom...and a paint job would be fab.. we did that for our outdoor ones.. we went red and white with beech natural ones..its fun xx

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  28. Great charis! I agree a long pendant lamp. Maybe even just coloured cord with those oversized exposed bulbs? I the brand is NUD? In yellow.

    And, this may be avant garde – but if I were going to paint them I would do black. black gloss. I'm really into black chairs at the moment. Although I don't own any myself. Yet. xxx

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  29. try a pendant lamp. and things on the table.
    then -
    move the smaller chairs to the end
    then, last resort -
    paint them glossy canary yellow?

    my first thought was castors, but then the table would be up around your chin when you sit at it.
    a) not cool when trying to eat nicely, and
    b) even more uncool for your kids trying to sit at the table.

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  30. PS the pendant light will need a reasonable sized shade. I don' think that a simple 'hanging bulb' style will make enough of a statement to balance the chairs. So more of a 'drum' shade .....

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  31. No advice from me but the above seem to have that covered, but they are some seriously cute chairs! Can't wait to see what you do with it x

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  32. I love the chairs...I would paint the smaller ones red to match your bookshelf and I would re-cover the seat cushions with a funky red/white fabric...(maybe you could get your ikea fix then)? Then I would maybe do a chair cushion with a co-ordinating fabric on the new chairs...Then, I would get a lampshade/pendant style hanging shade in aqua or even yellow? Also have you thought about maybe just painting the seats of the chairs a colour and leaving the rest natural. I have seen that done and it can look great!!! Ultimately do what you LOVE!

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  33. traditionally the two end chairs were carvers, chairs with airms and often looked a little more spesh than the others. Have you tried removing two of the big chairs to the ends and replacing with two more mismatched smaller chairs for the middle and add cushions to add interest to the middle ones?

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  34. Love them but they are crying out for painty. Red and turquoise possibly?

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  35. I'm a little late to the party, but I think your stylist friend is spot on. Add some coasters & a pendant light (maybe an American barn light?) and it will be perfection :)

    Claire

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em